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Christmas Day is past, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has come and gone. But Christmastide, according to ancient tradition, continues. Sunday, historic Fourteen Holy Helpers Church is holding a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, the feast that marks the arrival in Bethlehem of the Three Kings. Hymns, carols and anthems will tell the story of Christ’s birth fr…

A flourishing teen-pop industry thinks it knows what teenagers care about: crushes, breakups, clothes, parties, perhaps an occasional glimmer of rebellion or idealism. It dispenses songs that are calculated to suit that market. But in 2013, a songwriter who is an actual teenager emerged from the far side of the planet with something smarter and deeper: a class-conscious cr…

Pianist, singer and songwriter Anne Heaton has earned herself a considerable following – as well as abundant critical praise – by forging an unlikely alliance between several strains of music, favoring elements of pop, folk, gospel, soul and jazz. Her background – which found her studying the inner compositional workings of Debussy and jazz vocalization in equal meas…

Christmas Day is past, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has come and gone. But Christmastide, according to ancient tradition, continues. Sunday, historic Fourteen Holy Helpers Church is holding a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, the feast that marks the arrival in Bethlehem of the Three Kings. Hymns, carols and anthems will tell the story of Christ’s birth fr…

A flourishing teen-pop industry thinks it knows what teenagers care about: crushes, breakups, clothes, parties, perhaps an occasional glimmer of rebellion or idealism. It dispenses songs that are calculated to suit that market. But in 2013, a songwriter who is an actual teenager emerged from the far side of the planet with something smarter and deeper: a class-conscious cr…

Looking ahead to 2014, I’m feeling optimistic regarding the Buffalo music scene. Which makes me nervous.For so long, I, like so many who are active in the scene, have taken strange comfort in clinging to low expectations. Things have been rough around here for such a long time that it has become easy to operate with a “business as usual” world view. However, a simple…

Friday Night Laughs featuring Capone. Feb. 7. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $20 advance, $25 day of show (box office, www.ticketmaster.com). Donna the Buffalo. 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $18 advance, $20 day of show (box office, www.ticketmaster.com).Tim Reynolds & Tr3. 9 p.m. Feb. 10. …

It seems unthinkable that singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco, a fiercely independent artist who has spent her career giving voice to the voiceless and speaking truth to power, would end up being called a racially insensitive entertainer.And yet that is what has happened over the course of the past several days, in the wake of DiFranco’s aborted plan to hold her “Righte…

It seems unthinkable that singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco, a fiercely independent artist who has spent her career giving voice to the voiceless and speaking truth to power, would end up being called a racially insensitive entertainer.And yet that is what has happened over the course of the past several days, in the wake of DiFranco’s aborted plan to hold her “Righte…

Growing up on Grand Island, James Wright never listened to opera. Once, he tried it, and it didn’t work out. He saw Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Chautauqua Institution. “I hated it,” he said. Thanks to recordings, though, he began to admire the deep voice of Welsh barrel-bass Bryn Terfel. And when he got the chance to hear Terfel at the Metropolitan Opera in …

So many options are available, yet really there is only one TV choice when ringing in the new year.It’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014.” That’s a mouthful of a show title, but it’s only fitting because this show, airing on ABC, is also the biggest by far of the countdown-to-midnight shows.Other networks will do many of the same…

So many options are available, yet really there is only one TV choice when ringing in the new year.It’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014.” That’s a mouthful of a show title, but it’s only fitting because this show, airing on ABC, is also the biggest by far of the countdown-to-midnight shows.Other networks will do many of the same…

Growing up on Grand Island, James Wright never listened to opera. Once, he tried it, and it didn’t work out. He saw Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Chautauqua Institution. “I hated it,” he said. Thanks to recordings, though, he began to admire the deep voice of Welsh barrel-bass Bryn Terfel. And when he got the chance to hear Terfel at the Metropolitan Opera in …

The Christmas season is a time for reflection, celebration and, in the case of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s yearly visit to Buffalo, an occasion to revel in a crunchy, guitar-powered, head-banging “rock opera” complete with an outrageously complex light show and plot writing that strains credulity.Opera librettos are rarely coherent works of literature, offering a …

The Christmas season is a time for reflection, celebration and, in the case of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s yearly visit to Buffalo, an occasion to revel in a crunchy, guitar-powered, head-banging “rock opera” complete with an outrageously complex light show and plot writing that strains credulity.Opera librettos are rarely coherent works of literature, offering a …